ICC T20 WC: South Africa thrash Bangladesh, keep hopes alive
South Africa kept up their hopes of making the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup with an impressive six-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Bangladesh after being asked to bat were shot out for mere 84 and in response South Africa overhauled the target in just 13.3 overs to finish on 86 for four.
Earlier, Bangladesh got off to a swift start racing to 22 for no loss. But thereafter they lost wicets at regular intervals. They slipped to 34 for five quite swiftly. Opener Liton Das stood firm with a 36-ball 24 early on. Then Mahedi Hasan struck a useful 27 off 25 balls with two boundaries and a six. The innings simply did not take off despite these useful contributions because the other batsmen just did not come to the party. In the end, Bangladesh was bowled out for 84 in 18.2 overs. For South Africa the top wicket-takers were Kagiso Rabada (3-20) and Anrich Nortje (3-8). The other successful bowler was Tabraiz Shamsi (2-21).
In their response, South Africa lost wickets early on as they slipped to 33 for three. Captain Temba Bavuma took charge of the chase as he scored an unbeaten 31 off 28 balls with three boundaries and a six. Bavuma shared a 47 run fourth wicket stand with Rassie van der Dussen (22). In the end South Africa overhauled the target in just 13.3 overs to finish on 86 for four. For Bangladesh the best bowler was Taskin Ahmed (2-18).
Bangladesh: 84 (18.2)
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Mohammad Naim-3.5 ov), 2-22 (Soumya Sarkar-3.6 ov), 3-24 (Mushfiqur Rahim-5.3 ov), 4-34 (Mahmudullah-7.6 ov), 5-34 (Afif Hossain-8.1 ov), 6-45 (Liton Das-11.3 ov), 7-64 (Shamim Hossain-15.2 ov), 8-77 (Taskin Ahmed-17.2 ov), 9-84 (Mahedi Hasan-18.1 ov), 10-84 (Nasum Ahmed-18.2 ov)
South Africa: 86-4 (13.3)
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Reeza Hendricks-0.6 ov), 2-28 (Quinton de Kock-4.5 ov), 3-33 (Aiden Markram-5.5 ov), 4-80 (Rassie van der Dussen-12.6 ov)
Result: South Africa won by six wickets
South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma (captain), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das (wicket-keeper), Shamim Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (captain), Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed
Toss: South Africa, elected to field
Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time: 1400 hrs UAE time
Match officials: Paul Reiffel, Richard Illingworth (On-field Umpires); Chris Brown (TV Umpire); Chris Gaffaney (Reserve Umpire); Jeff Crowe (Match-referee)
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